Common River is a US-based non-governmental organization (501c3) implementing a community development program in the heart of the Sidama coffee growing region, in a town called Aleta Wondo. Nestled in the Great Rift Valley, 300 kilometers south of Addis, it is rich with resources, diligent workers, creative thinkers…ripe with possibility.
Our VISION is a thriving school community that honors Sidama culture and creates a sustainable place called home in Ethiopia’s coffee country.
Our MISSION is to empower the community to become balanced, productive and self-sustaining for others to witness and replicate, while honoring cultural heritage and environmental biodiversity.
Our GOAL is to invest in the socio-economic potential and well-being of a community through integrated development using the ‘Positive Deviance’ approach in education, health and livelihoods.
Our program is fully aligned with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
- Eradication extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieving universal primary education
- Promoting gender equality and empowerment
- Reducing child mortality
- Combating HIV/malaria and other diseases
- Improving maternal health
- Ensuring environmental sustainability
- Developing global partnerships to development
Find out how your visit, medical volunteering, international internship, student volunteering, volunteer teaching and / or donations can help us reach our goal of sustainable development in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia. For more information about Common River and how you can help, contact us today.